The City of Tshwane is preparing to kick off a four-decade "game-changing" development path when it tables its 'South Africa's Capital 2055' draft plan for public comment at the end of July.
The long-term strategy framework, which would alter and redefine Tshwane's development path, aimed to ensure the development of an integrated, well-connected, well-governed, well-managed, modernised city, said executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Monday.
The Tshwane Planning Commission, established earlier this year to consolidate current planning frameworks and assist in the development of the new plan, hoped to engage the local community for their input and enable public participation throughout the process plan over a seven-week-long outreach programme.
It was expected that the Tshwane 2055 plan would be launched in October, after the consideration of public stakeholder input.
Addressing journalists in Tshwane, Ramokgopa said that the most successful cities undertake long-term planning processes responding to current challenges, such as inequality and poverty, as well as anticipating future challenges and opportunities.
Key elements of the new strategy included an infrastructure-led development; strengthening key economic clusters to gain leverage from growth trends in manufacturing; government and business services, developing a sustainable low-carbon environment and safe, healthy and balanced communities.
The discussion document would also focus on, besides others, service delivery excellence and innovation; diversified and shared economic development; integrated economic, social and environmental strategies; revenue security and financial sustainability and social cohesion, inclusion and diversity.
"Tshwane 2055 should have an inclusive, diversified and competitive economy that is highly productive and labour-absorbing, while creating an entrepreneur-driven base and [should] overcome structural barriers for the entry of youth into the economy; an economy that acknowledges both the formal and informal sector; that builds private and public partnerships and is significantly driven by a world renowned knowledge economy," the mayor explained.